Newsletter for Wednesday, Nov. 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This pup is enjoying the fall foliage season for as long as possible (Instagram via @muttropolitan_philly).
CAN THE PHILLY MARATHON DIVERSIFY RUNNING?
Recreational distance running in America is dominated by the white and the wealthy. According to the trade group Running USA, 88.1 percent of runners are white. It’s hard to say whether Philadelphia’s running community has greater than average diversity or a breakdown of race or income levels that approach its demographic makeup. And Philadelphia Marathon officials like Desiree Peterkin-Bell (also Mayor Nutter’s communications chief) are hoping they can help shift the numbers.
ABOUT CHARLIE SHEEN’S $1K PYT TIP…
Rob Knelly was the server who LeSean McCoy famously stiffed on a tip after a Sept. 2014 meal at neon-lit burger joint PYT. The former Eagle left just 20 cents on a $60+ check, prompting PYT proprietor Tommy Up to post the receipt on Facebook, calling out the sports star for his stinginess. Famously, Knelly did get a tip. Via FedEx. From Charlie Sheen. Here’s the story.
It's been five years since this Old City joint was transformed from a divey spot to catch music with questionable food into a divey spot that has one of the best beer lists in town and great New Orleans eats to go along. Celebrate with a killer tap list of Russian River, Lost Abbey and more.
Where: Khyber Pass Pub at 56 S. 2nd St.
When: November 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE PENN STATE LAWYER WHO TALKED ‘CHILD ABUSE’
On February 11, 2001, Wendell Courtney billed 2.9 hours to Penn State University. It concerned a conference call with then Penn State VP of finance and business Gary Schultz, legal research and another conference. The topic listed on the timesheet is “re reporting of suspected child abuse.” The conversation between the two men could provide details important to the still-ongoing criminal case against Penn State’s former administrators. But we don’t know what they said; and we don’t know why.
BACKSTAGE AT THE ELECTRIC FACTORY, WHERE KANYE AND LADY GAGA HUNG
The Electric Factory in Callowhill. The place has been around for decades and has hosted acts you’ve heard, or heard of: Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Metallica, The Strokes, The Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Kanye West, ZZ Top, Alabama Shakes, Adele — chart-toppers. Pick the charts: Pop, rock, rap, R&B. We talked them into letting us get photos backstage. Here’s where those stars (and many more) hung out.
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR AWKWARD SEPTA ENCOUNTERS
You might have heard of SEPTA Love Stories, the contest SEPTA holds to find people who have found their loved one while riding a bus or a train or trolley. That’s nice and all, but we want to hear something different. Will you tell us about your awkward and weird and bizarre SEPTA stories? Maybe someone once barfed a little on your foot. Maybe a child called you mommy and tried to get off the train with you. Fill out the form here.